Allegorical panel by John Pearson 1900

It is very rare to find very similar (but still not identical!) pieces by John Pearson but I was recently sent an image of a large repousse copper panel.

Large rectangular repousse panel

Is this a representation of Jerusalem?

Close up of sun

Detail of landscape

It has been suggested that this landscape, signed on the back with the simple “J. P. 1900.” and measuring 41 inches by 9.5 inches, is an allegorical rendition of Jerusalem, flanked by a phoenix on the Mt. of Olives and the lion of Judah on the facing hill.

What is interesting is that a very similar panel was sold by Woolley & Wallis auctioneers in Salisbury in December 2014 but in a different orientation – a mirror image. Is it possible that these are a pair?

1900 copper landscape panel by John Pearson

A second panel by John Pearson dated 1900 and initialled

This panel, also dated 1900, and of the same dimensions, has slightly different details.

Detail of panel showing lions

The panel is similar to the one above

Detail of sunburst

Note that the sun’s rays are slightly different.